Monroe Showcases its 80th Anniversary
“Dancing Through the Decades” was the theme of the 2013 Homecoming week which celebrated the 80th anniversary of Monroe College. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff who participated did much more than dance. Oh, what a week it was!
The week started out with the annual Dec-A-Door contest showcase. The college’s doors and hallways were transformed into scenes of music icons and dance groups showcasing the top dance trends of the decades during which Monroe developed into the exciting college it is today.
More than 200 guests celebrated on Monday evening at the annual Craig Rutman Culinary event honoring our beloved culinary instructor. This special evening featured delectable dishes skillfully prepared and served by students and instructors from our acclaimed Culinary and Hospitality majors.
On Wednesday evening, the Athletic Department sponsored a basketball game held in our MAC gym in New Roc Center with the New Rochelle Policemen and Firemen. Thursday evening, students from both campuses celebrated and danced the night away at our annual Homecoming Dance at Eastwood Manor in the Bronx.
Friday evening featured an exciting gala celebrating Monroe College’s 80th Anniversary. Guests were treated to Monroe’s storied history through a slide presentation. The event also included the all-important annual Alumni reunion. Six distinguished Monroe alumni were honored with awards presented by Leslie Jerome, Alumni Director. The plumed memory-inspiring centerpieces, festooned with gold musical instruments, enhanced the “Dancing Through the Decades” theme. Members of the college community’s star power, The Dance Connection of New Rochelle and The Industrial Rhythms of the Bronx, provided popular music and dance entertainment for the evening.
Monroe Miles, another popular event celebrating Monroe College’s homecoming, kicked off Saturday morning. This popular event included a 5K Run/Walk, through the streets near the campus. The Carnival under the Tent was an incredible festive event for participants of all ages. Alumni, staff, faculty, students, and family members came out for festivities. Whether they were dancing to the music, getting their faces painted or enjoying a game at one of the carnival booths … there was definitely something there for all.
The homecoming game at SUNY Purchase against Louisburg College of North Carolina was Monroe’s first ever North East Football Conference (21-17) victory. It was a victorious finish to the incredible week of proud memories and good times!!!